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Edit.  The following intro is a bit old.  I unfortunately ended my long term relationship after nearly ten years.  Just couldn't be worked out.  I got the house and the dogs and am relatively happy now.  I finished my online RN to BSN program and am a genuine college graduate at the age of 48!!!  Woot!

Edit #2 - I finally reached the ripe old age of 50 and am feeling fabulous!  I always get the "you don't look 50" thing, and I attribute that to a healthy diet and lifestyle.

I deleted my Myspace page.  I do have Facebook and love to have vegwebbers for friends. You can private message me and I'll give you my name.  Or you can find me on the vegweb fan page.

Edit #3 - Finally went vegan.  The last couple of years, I've been slowly getting there, replacing household and personal products with vegan items such as vegan soaps, candles, cleaners.  I've bought vegan shoes, belts and wallets.  I'm loving it!  Decided to let my hair go naturally grey instead of coloring it so I don't get the "you don't look 50" thing as much anymore.  LOL  I now have a desk job in the admit-transfer center and hate it hate it hate.  I just can't be stuck behind a desk, and I'm the lookout for something else.

Edit #4 - Found a position at the hospital I currnetly work on an ortho floor.  I think I'll like returning to the bedside and not a desk job.  w00t

It's been a while and I thought it might be nice to for everyone who posts here to tell a little about yourself.  I took a little sabbatical from this site (went back to eating meat for two years..........bleech), but lurked from time to time, but have been a part of this site for gee, can it be 8 or more years????  But I don't know a lot of you. 

I am a nurse.  I am a male. (yes, a person who will remain nameless called me a "she".)  I am gay.  I've been in a monogamous relationship for the last nine years with a great guy who now travels a lot. I was an ovo-lacto veg*n for about 12 years before slipping, I plead insanity.

I'm currently in an online program to go from an ADN RN to BSN RN and hope to finally graduate from college at the age of 48 next year. 

I have a very boring blog here:  http://allnurses.com/forums/journal.php?do=showjournal&j=13

You're turn.  Tell me your business!

I didn't know there was almond milk, I may have to check that out. There's always orange juice with the added calcium that Minute Maid makes. You just can't put OJ in cereal tho.

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I didn't know there was almond milk, I may have to check that out. There's always orange juice with the added calcium that Minute Maid makes. You just can't put OJ in cereal tho.

Believe it or not we have a friend who DOES put OJ on his cereal. And I've done so with apple juice before. I happen to like all the milk alternatives, though, so I'm okay with any of them.

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I've been teased for this all my life, but, to me, orange juice and cereal is the only way to eat it. Milk does nothing for cereal, just sits there...makin things wet.  Orange juice gives it flavor, kick, and personality!

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well, I tried soy milk today and let me tell you, the "milk" part in the name is a lie. It tasted to me like the water they soak the soybeans in, dyed white. I was sad and tried to fix it with nesquik but that didn't work. I was quite disapointed, and thinking if it tasted enough like milk I'd start drinking it but nay, I can't say I could find it an aquired taste either. (So I bought real chocolate milk to make me feel better.)

WonderlandAlli, I really suggest trying different brands of soy milk.  I really like soy milk and drink it plain, but there are some brands that I REALLY don't like.  I like Silk plain and Westsoy Light, however I just bought Westsoy Organic unsweetened this week because it was on sale and BLECH!!!  I also tried Westsoy Original and I thought it tasted like baby formula  :P  So it can be trial and error until you find one you like.  :)

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well, I tried soy milk today and let me tell you, the "milk" part in the name is a lie. It tasted to me like the water they soak the soybeans in, dyed white. I was sad and tried to fix it with nesquik but that didn't work. I was quite disapointed, and thinking if it tasted enough like milk I'd start drinking it but nay, I can't say I could find it an aquired taste either. (So I bought real chocolate milk to make me feel better.)

WonderlandAlli, I really suggest trying different brands of soy milk.  I really like soy milk and drink it plain, but there are some brands that I REALLY don't like.  I like Silk plain and Westsoy Light, however I just bought Westsoy Organic unsweetened this week because it was on sale and BLECH!!!  I also tried Westsoy Original and I thought it tasted like baby formula  :P  So it can be trial and error until you find one you like.   :)

Heyya, Alli.  It was fun chatting with you the other day!  I agree with Biodancer and Bookmama.  Try different things and keep an open mind.  Chocolate soy milk is yummers, and do no go for the light or low fat versions of soy milk yet.  Are you used to skim milk?  If you've been drinking whole milk, soy will seem watery.  I really like soy milk on cereal, but you should try different things.  Your tastes will change, also...so what tastes watery or icky now might be great in a few months! 

I toally know what you mean about red beans and rice.  (Remember I'm originally from NOLA.)  My family always made red beans with a huge ham hock, a pound of leftover ham and a pound of andoullie....so it was definitely NOT veg at our house! hehe....I do enjoy making the vegan version now, though.  :D

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well, I tried soy milk today and let me tell you, the "milk" part in the name is a lie. It tasted to me like the water they soak the soybeans in, dyed white. I was sad and tried to fix it with nesquik but that didn't work. I was quite disapointed, and thinking if it tasted enough like milk I'd start drinking it but nay, I can't say I could find it an aquired taste either. (So I bought real chocolate milk to make me feel better.)

WonderlandAlli, I really suggest trying different brands of soy milk.  I really like soy milk and drink it plain, but there are some brands that I REALLY don't like.  I like Silk plain and Westsoy Light, however I just bought Westsoy Organic unsweetened this week because it was on sale and BLECH!!!  I also tried Westsoy Original and I thought it tasted like baby formula  :P  So it can be trial and error until you find one you like.  :)

It comes in sweetened?? That might help... Maybe we need a seperate thread, a Soy Milk Primer?

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I toally know what you mean about red beans and rice.  (Remember I'm originally from NOLA.)  My family always made red beans with a huge ham hock, a pound of leftover ham and a pound of andoullie....so it was definitely NOT veg at our house! hehe....I do enjoy making the vegan version now, though.  :D

lol Yay Cajuns... :) So you got what I meant in chat that I don't think there's really any vegetarian Cajun cuisines, except maybe beignets at Cafe du Monde,then again I dunno what goes into them, if its veggie oil or whatever they fry them in. (But man they're good... That may be worth finding out some day.)

The beans and rice plan has been working for me, and I've experimenting in yogurt-based marinades for tofu. Came out pretty good, I submitted a recipe but I don't think its been approved yet.

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Ohhh....I like this!

I am 38, I live in Alberta Canada ( the most unveggie place EVER) I'm a vegan and I am attempting (but often failing) to go raw.
I am single and not looking (very happy on my own thanks). I work at a Library, which is suprisingly fun and I get to read alot.

My blog http://isabelprock.livejournal.com/ my on line persona on that blog is 'Isabel'

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Ohhh....I like this!

I am 38, I live in Alberta Canada ( the most unveggie place EVER) I'm a vegan and I am attempting (but often failing) to go raw.
I am single and not looking (very happy on my own thanks). I work at a Library, which is suprisingly fun and I get to read alot.

My blog http://isabelprock.livejournal.com/ my on line persona on that blog is 'Isabel'

i added your blog onto my vegan blogs friends page.  i've been hoping to eat more raw, maybe your blog will help me out!  im not sure if mine will help you out too much, its mostly filled with fattening vegan food recipes.  haha.  this is why i need to work harder incorporating raw foods into my diet.

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I'm a 24 year old female from the South. I live in Alabama right now, but Louisiana is Home.
I'm a photographer for a major university and love, love, love it!

I went the way of the vegan in March 2007, and I've never looked back. (Okay, so, I did slip up once after about a month. Blame it on stress, but know I'll never do something that drastic again. I got soooo sick! It's amazing what your body gets used to and how quickly it rejects something "foreign.")

I chose this lifestyle change as a distraction from life, to be honest. It was really just a dietary experiment. I keep with it for health reasons.

Since going vegan, I've felt better than ever! I've lost 20 pounds (with exercise too). I plan to stick with it because I love it!

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Hi, I'm a high school senior from Vermont who has been ovo-lacto vegetarian for about four months now. I work seasonally as a ski instructor for toddlers. I really became involved in cooking over the summer vacation when cooking a nice veggie meals for myself was a pleasant thing to do during my breaks from swimming, hiking, and doing summer homework (My parents would not covert, so I have to at least cook dinner for myself every day). My best friend became vegan, and we always have a great time making falafel or chili whenever we hang out. These first four months have been just great, the most noticeable change being the loss of 10 lbs and a strange new level of motivation and energy when setting about school work and exercise, something I attribute to the increased levels of vitamins and fresh fruits and vegetables in my diet.  Vegetarianism has been wonderful to me so far, and it will hopefully give me the energy to go far in life.

Also, Vermont is VERY veggie friendly. My school offers a vegetarian option EVERY single day, and it's almost always delicious.

My favorite recipe has got to be the sauteed tempeh strips covered in peanut sauce. Kudos to whoever uploaded that one.

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I feel very dorky with online introductions, but if I'm involving myself in VegWeb commentary, which I certainly am, it's only fair that I post in this thread.  With the permanent placement on the top of the Recipe Q&A page, it's sort of difficult to disregard...

I'm a 31-yr old vegetarian-almost-vegan.  I first became vegetarian when I was 13, but the experience only lasted through age 16 as I was raised in a super-Southern, and hence meat-happy, family, and none of us had any clue about proper nutrition.  I continued to eat meat when I first went to U of F in Gainesville, but when I hauled off to South Lake Tahoe a few years later, the healthy-consciousness of the community had its effects and I began to wean meat out of my life again.  I've only formally been veg since I moved to Orlando and started dating my vegetarian boyfriend a couple years ago, though I've been steering towards veganism since May. 

I work full time as an admin asst, attend UCF part time as an English Lit major, and am hoping to (finally) get my bachelor's next year and start my master's in Liberal Arts Aug 08 or Jan 09, though I'm not really sure what I'd like to do when I 'grow up.'  I have four animals: a lab/rott mix named Riley, a shepherd/chow mix named Martha, a big orange cat named Sunny, and a chubby little gray cat named Boogie.  I love them all though I'll never have a clean house again, what with all the hair.

Now I feel like I'm rambling, so I'll wrap this up, but I would like to say I enjoy this site for many reasons, and it's served as a nice, educational resource for my vegan transition.  :)

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Maybe I should stop lurking too :)

Greetings from Finland!

I'm almost 26 years old, and an almost graduated doctor by profession. I have a 2-year-old son and a husband who are both omni. I'm currently lacto-ovo-vegetarian, still trying to find my way. This place has been a big influence and a great source of information.

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I'm just a girl living in Toronto, and have been an ovo-lacto vegetarian since high school. Currently, I study biology and feel much MUCH more boring in comparison to everyone else!!

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My name is Doug. Im 40 this year, 243 lbs, 265 cholesterol, BP is around 140/90. I get tired alot. Especially after lunch. I also feel a bit dizzy if I wait too long to eat lunch. My dad has heart disease. My mom has high blood pressure. My wife is a Juice Plus+ distributor, which means she is very focused on health and wellness. Her job is to help people and educate them about their health. Primarily through eating naturally: fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains. You know, the opposite of what I have always loved!

I have slowly gained weight over the last 20 years. I remember the year of each benchmark..... 190 away at college, 200 on a 7 day cruise with Sharon, 210 at marriage, 220 as a school band director, 230 as a school administrator, 240 after taking a job at the church (what a great resteraunt though!).

Where does it end? I'm pretty sure it ends with me having diabetes and/or a heart attack. We just had our 3rd child. A girl....Emma. She may not get married for 25 years! I'll be 65 years old. My boys will be 32 and 33 at that time. I want to be there to see them. My wife is my best friend.....and sometimes she cries while she asks me to "please eat better." I'm her best friend too, and I know she is scared she will lose me and be alone for the last 20 years of her life.

For some reason i feel really confident this time dieting. I dont even see it as a diet. This is a changing point in my life. I am a vegan and feel better already.

I am focusing on mind, body, spirit.

Mind= developing my musical gifts to the next level. Im back to practicing drums, starting keyboard lessons, and have upgraded the recording studio. I also have been studying alot of leadership and business principles as I increasingly assist Sharon with the Juice Plus business.

Body= Im here at calorie king! immersing myself in my health. This IS my new hobby and passion. Its the only way I can do this. If it isnt my priority, it will go by the wayside. I am also starting back at LA Fitness. And Im scared! I hope God gives me a love for exercise. Or at least a strength to persevere through the torture.

Spirit= I am digging deeper into the bible with a focus on who God really want me to be. This IS a spiritual battle and I am putting on the "full armor of God" to win this battle. I will post post what God is showing me in future blogs.

So....off I go! It's gonna be a great day!

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Congratulations Dougfresh!  I enjoyed your article, it is very inspiring.  I'm sure you'll find plenty of great recipes here that you'll enjoy.  Welcome!  :)

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Welcome to VebWeb Doug.  Kudos to you for taking your health into your own hands!!!  Best of luck to you.  I know you're going to notice a big difference in the months to come.

Why does your Myspace say you're 24????  Yeah right.  LOL

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Herro!
I just joined a few minutes ago! 
I'm a massage therapist living in kick ass Portland, Oregon!  I've been a vegetarian on and off for collectively about 7 years.  I love where I live, but its almost too easy to eat out all the time, so I really want to learn some new cooking tips this winter, seems like that's when I get the chubbiest!
Thanks!
hanna 

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Hi everyone,

My name is Vivianne. I'm 37 from Ft. Collins, CO. Divorced twice and living with my sig. other. (He doesn't believe in forever) We have 4 cats (all rescued from former family members who would have them either put down or released into the wild where they couldn't survive.....thanks Dad. Long story LOL), 2 dogs, also rescued and 1 dove (who has been a little neurotic since her cockatiel mate died.)

I don't even remember how I found this site. I think it was through a search of a search etc....looking for a recipe. But that was only a few days ago. I just joined and I'm loving all aspects of this site!

I have been lacto-ovo vegetarian off and on for 8 years and completely so the last 4 years. In my "off" times I tried to convince myself that because I was with an omni partner I could get away with eating meat as long as it was from a local, organic and humane farm. Then I joined PETA again and realized that that excuse wasn't going to work anymore. Killing for killing's sake no matter how humane didn't make sense to me anymore.

Now, I have the greatest vegan intentions (being a biker chick I'm in the process of getting rid of all my leather....look for it on ebay! Or probably not, considering who I'm talking too! LOL) but cheese (cottage cheese in particular) is still my downfall. (Sigh) one of these days I'm sure I'll be able to overcome this but I am happy to do what I can, in whatever form I can to end animal suffering and rescue all the animals we are able to take care of.

Between my sig other and me we have over 30 rescues just on our block! Yay!

I'm happy to find this place and hopefully learn some new cooking stuff!

Viv

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I'm an missionary kid living In Brazil....
Im 17 and a couple of months ago i became a full vegan
In august of 2005, i became a simple vegetarian, later taking out othe rthings( eggs, milk , fish) as time progressed. So, i may have been vegan for only a fe months.. but  i got to tell y'll that i will never ever regret my decison or turn my back on it=)

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